Christian Colon
Royals' Christian Colon: Optioned to Triple-A
Christian Colon, 2B, KC
4:08 PM
News: Colon was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday, Joel Goldberg of FoxSports.com reports.

Since the All-Star break, Colon has hit a mere .182/.250/.250, bringing his batting average down to .228 for the year. Apart from occasionally filling in if an infielder needed a day off, Colon didn't see consistent time on the field. With Colon headed to Omaha, the Royals recalled Scott Alexander.

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Ryan Goins
Blue Jays' Ryan Goins: Recalled by Blue Jays
Ryan Goins, 2B, TOR
3:22 PM
News: Goins was recalled by the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

With Darwin Barney landing on the Family Medical Emergency List on Wednesday, Goins will rejoin the club to add depth at both middle infield spots. Although Goins helps add versatility in the field, he's been a minus at the dish with a .186/.231/.314 slash line over 172 at-bats.

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Darwin Barney
Blue Jays' Darwin Barney: Placed on family medical emergency list
Darwin Barney, 2B, TOR
2:54 PM
News: Barney was placed on the family medical emergency list Wednesday.

The team has yet to say how long Barney will be away from the team, but more information regarding his eventual return should be known in the coming days. Ryan Goins was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to fill in during Barney's absence.

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Yoan Moncada
Red Sox's Yoan Moncada: Likely getting September call-up
Yoan Moncada, 2B, BOS
1:08 PM
News: Moncada figures to get the call from Double-A Portland when rosters expand Thursday, CSNNE's Sean McAdam reports.

This doesn't come as much of a surprise, as the Red Sox's post All-Star break offensive production at third base ranks in the bottom five in all of baseball, and Moncada has been getting used to the hot corner at Portland over the last 10 days. He is the unquestioned top fantasy prospect in baseball, and may therefore already be rostered in a large percentage of formats. However, if he is available, the time to grab him is now, as he could offer five-category production over the final month.

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Joey Wendle
Athletics' Joe Wendle: Called up to the majors
Joey Wendle, 2B, OAK
10:46 AM
News: Wendle has been called up to the A's and will start at second base Wednesday against the Astros, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Wendle had spent the entire 2016 season at Triple-A Nashville where he hit .279 with a .776 OPS in 125 games. Wendle has shown a bit of pop and speed with 12 homers and 14 steals. With the A's not in contention this year, they are actively giving playing time to their young players and Wendle has a chance to get at least semi-regular at-bats in September.

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Rougned Odor
Rangers' Rougned Odor: Hits walk-off homer Tuesday versus Seattle
Rougned Odor, 2B, TEX
6:34 AM
News: Odor went 3-for-5 with a walk-off, two-run homer in Tuesday's 8-7 win against the Mariners.

Odor made two baserunning blunders earlier in the night, but made up for it with his game-winner off rookie Edwin Diaz. His career-best 25th homer of the season was his third in the last ten games, but doesn't hide the fact that the 22-year-old has stumbled in recent weeks. The second baseman owns a .248 batting average through 105 at-bats in August, his lowest mark in any month this season.

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Brian Dozier
Twins' Brian Dozier: Hits historic homer Tuesday versus Indians
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN
8/30/2016
News: Dozier went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo shot in Tuesday game against the Indians.

Dozier has hit safely in 25 of the team's 28 games this month, raising his average more than 10 points in the process. The second baseman's 31st homer of the year was also his 12th in August, giving him the most by a Twins player in any month since Harmon Killebrew in July of 1969. Dozier has already busted his career-high marks in quite a few categories, including triples, homers and RBI; and, the 29-year-old is likely to surpass a couple more before the 2016 campaign ends. He's been nothing short of a fantasy stud this year and is showing no signs of slowing down nearing the home stretch.

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Devon Travis
Blue Jays' Devon Travis: Moving to bottom of batting order
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR
8/30/2016
News: Jose Bautista, not Travis, will be the team's leadoff hitter for the foreseeable future, the Toronto Sun reports.

Travis, who was expected to assume the leadoff duties for most of the season, has done a respectable job when penciled in atop the lineup. He's batting .311 in 23 games from the top spot and the Jays are 14-9 in those contests, but the second baseman has yet to draw a walk while batting first. Over the weekend, manager John Gibbons made clear his plans to use Bautista as the first hitter and push Travis toward the bottom. Gibbons thinks having the Jays' big bats -- Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion -- staring down the opposing pitcher right away might make things a little uncomfortable out on the mound. Although Travis will lose at-bats and possibly see a dip in runs scored, he's also likely to benefit by having more chances to rack up RBI.

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Jason Kipnis
Indians' Jason Kipnis: Hits walk-off single in win
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
8/29/2016
News: Kipnis went 2-for-4 with the walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning on Monday against the Twins.

The second baseman has now hit in four straight and driven in a run in three of those outings. Only four second basemen can match Kipnis' 70 RBI this season, and his 20 home runs this season is a career-best. He also has 11 steals in 14 tries.

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Dustin Pedroia
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Expected back Tuesday
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
8/29/2016
News: Pedroia (personal) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

After playing in 20 straight games, Pedroia has missed the last two while tending to a personal matter. Brock Holt has filled in admirably, with four hits in 10 at-bats to go along with three RBI. Regardless, Pedroia is hitting a scorching .398 this month and should resume his normal starting role.

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